|Description||A variety of samples such as tissues, biopsies, hydatid cyst and pus from abscesses, CSF, bile, duodenal/jejunal aspirates, sputum and bronchoalveolar lavage can be examined for parasites.
Suspected whole worms or segments of Tapeworm may also be submitted for identification|
|Indication|| For examination of stool samples for OCP; see tests and tubes ‘Ova, cysts and parasites (OCP) from faeces ‘
For examination of urine for parasites; see tests and tubes ‘Urine for Schistosomiasis’
Sputum from the lower respiratory tract expectorated by deep coughing is required. When the cough is dry, physiotherapy, postural drainage or inhalation of an aerosol before expectoration may be helpful.|
|Additional Info||It is important to include sufficient clinical details and travel history with the submitted sample.
This will not only aid in the diagnosis of parasites but will also protect the laboratory staff if a hazardous pathogen is suspected or indicated from the clinical information supplied|
|Concurrent Tests||If a worm or segment is reported as Taenia (Tapeworm) then this sample will be referred to the reference laboratory for speciation to differentiate between T.solium (Pork Tapeworm) or T.saginata(Beef Tapeworm)|
|Interpretation||Report presence or absence of parasites|
|Sample||Hydatid cyst, pus, CSF, bile, duodenal/jejunal aspirates, sputum, bronchoalveolar lavage, tissue/biopsies, worms|
|Collection Conditions|| Submit whole collection of fluid in a sterile universal container
Tissue/ biopsies; if specimen is small, place it in sterile water to prevent desiccation.
If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 48 hours are undesirable.|
|Min. Vol||See Additional Requirements|
|Freq.||up to 3 over 3 days|
|Ref. Range (Male)|| |
|Ref. Range (Female)|| |
|Ref. Range (Paed)|| |
|Ref. Range Notes|| |
|Units|| - Not Defined -|
|IP Acute TAT||7 days|
|IP Routine TAT||7 days|
|GP Acute TAT||7 days|
|GP Routine TAT||7 days|
|Turnround Comment||Negative results may be available considerably earlier than stated turnaround time.|
Originally edited by : Dr. H. Schuster. Review due on 07/09/2019 09:35:23. Published By on 07/09/2018 09:35:23.